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Rocket Sports Update: More On The State-Bound Cross-Country Runners

From the South Milwaukee School District …


Congratulations to the Rocket Boys’ CC team on taking 2nd at last Saturday’s WIAA Sectional In Brookfield and for qualifying as a team for the WIAA State Meet in Wisconsin Rapids. This is the 4th appearance in a row by Josh Janusiak!!

The Rockets had 60 points (Marquette was first with 25 pts) and outdistanced 3rd place by 34 pts! The Rockets last qualified a team for state in 2007 (the Boys were Sectional runners-up in 2005, 2006 & 2007 as well).


Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids

12:50pm – D1 Boys’ Race

2:50pm – D1 Grls’ Race


If you would like to receive facebook or text updates for Rocket Runners (or any other runners), go to the following link and sign up! It only takes a few seconds. Bib numbers you need are down below. Make sure to click on which type of update you want (Facebook or Text). Make sure to keep the numbers on hand so you can remember which runner has which bib number!


  • 580 – Josh Janusiak
  • 581 – Jordan Janusiak
  • 582 – Chris Sobczak
  • 583 – Justin Weber
  • 584 – Damon Dettmann
  • 585 – Sage Leahy
  • 586 – Wyatt Schlager
  • 223 – Maddie Wood
  • 224 – Becca Heller


  • 12 Joshua Janusiak 16:17.00
  • 9 Jordan Janusiak 16:40.00
  • 10 Chris Sobczak 16:40.00
  • 11 Justin Weber 16:57.00
  • 12 Damon Dettman 18:26.00
  • 9 Sage Leahy 18:32.00
  • 9 Wyatt Schlager 19:34.00


  • 10 Maddie Wood 19:47.00
  • 11 Rebecca Heller 20:51.00


Congratulations to Allison Osell on breaking the SMHS 11-dive diving record for the 2nd time this season at last night’s Woodland Conference Meet!! She took 4th place in the conference with a score of 362.70 (old record was 346.2, which Ally broke with a 347.15!), Good luck to all of the swimmers at tomorrow’s Woodland Conference Swimming Meet at Greenfield HS at 1:30pm.


Good luck to the Rocket Boys’ Volleyball team at tonight’s WIAA Regional opener at Racine Horlick HS at 7:00pm. Tickets for all spectators will be $4.

Also, the Boy’s Volleyball team is having a fund raiser from Oct 30th through November 8th by offering Massages through the Chiropractic and Wellness Group in West Allis – on the intersection of Greenfield and 894 All you have to do is go to the web page and you can buy the $35.00 one hour massage and $10.00 will go to the Boy’s Volleyball team.

Web site:

The massage therapists are very good and once you buy the coupon, you have 6 months to use it.

The two massage therapists are available:

  • Mon / Weds/ Thurs / Friday 8 am-6 pm (5 pm is last appt.)
  • Tuesday 2 pm – 6 pm and
  • Sat 8 am – 1 pm.

This can also be shared through social media – email, Facebook, etc. And if you would like a gift certificate call the Chiropractic and Wellness office directly and talk to Chris or Mel. (414) 292-3499

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact Sharon Stellwagen. 766-5960

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South Milwaukee Lions Step Up To Help Community Organizations

???????????????????????????????The South Milwaukee Lions Club showed their community support yet again recently – with their checkbook.

The Lions, at their Oct. 22 meeting, announced donations of $30,360 to more than a dozen local organizations at their annual Parade of Checks ceremony.

The contributions include:

  • $1,500 to the South Milwaukee Police Auxiliary
  • $550 to the South Milwaukee Little League
  • $500 to the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
  • $500 to the South Milwaukee Heritage Parade
  • $500 to the Police Department’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program
  • $500 to the South Milwaukee High School post-prom event
  • $500 to Interfaith

Check out the full press release here.

And thanks to all the Lions who serve. Learn more about the Lions at our website and Facebook pages … and consider becoming a member!

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Recent news and notes from around the South Shore …

Also, NOW has published new police blotters here and here.

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Reminder: Trick-Or-Treating Is Friday Evening

Just a reminder, as Rocketober comes to a close …

South Milwaukee’s official trick-or-treating time is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31 — Halloween evening.

Please leave your porch lights on if you plan on participating (and I hope you do). And stay warm!

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Mayors’ Fitness Challenge Update

Another busy couple weeks in the Challenge …

Check out the full schedule on the Challenge Facebook page, and sign up there too.

  • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. Zumba, Academy of Performing Arts – Oak Creek; 8:15 a.m. Moxie Fitness Run/Walk Circuits, Oak Creek High School Knights Stadium; 9:00 a.m. “Stuff the Turkey” Walk-a-Thon for MS, Oak Creek High School Knights Stadium
  • November 3: 6:00 p.m. Easy Tai Chi/Yoga, Park View Elementary School, Cudahy; 6:00 p.m. Recipe Makeover,  Mending Hands Therapeutic Massage, Milwaukee
  • November 6: 5:30 p.m. Cardio Circuit Training, Mantra Fitness, Milwaukee; 6:30 p.m. Impact Fitness Boot Camp, Oak Creek East Middle School
  • November 7: 6:00 p.m. Family Swim Night, Cudahy Middle Schoo

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On To State For Rocket Boys’, Girls’ Cross-Country Runners

The Rockets are running to state.

The South Milwaukee boys’ cross-country team and two individual girl runners are headed to the state meet following strong finishes in the WIAA sectional meet on Saturday.

  • The boys took second in the sectional, advancing as a team to the state meet. Josh Janusiak won the meet, and Jordan, his brother, took fourth.
  • The girls took fourth, with Maddie Wood of the Rockets finishing fourth. She and Becca Heller advance to state.

Here is coverage from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and here is a preview.

Congratulations, and good luck to the Rockets Saturday in Wisconsin Rapids!

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Meet The Mayor: County Executive Chris Abele Joins Me On November 15

My next Meet the Mayor session is Saturday, Nov. 15, and I’m proud to announce a special guest will be joining me: Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and here’s another reason to stop by — Mears Online Auctions is hosting the event.

Haven’t been to Mears? You really need to check it out. Mears is located in the old St. Mary’s Hall at 1234 Manitoba Ave., and you’ll be amazed at what owner Troy Kinunen has done with the place. The coolest part — a “mini Cooperstown” (my term) museum that features sports and other collectibles that will blow your mind.

County Executive Abele and I hope to see you there, even if it’s just to check out Troy’s cool space.

Questions, comments, concerns … all are welcome. And thanks to County Executive Abele for being a part of this.

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